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Rodney Wayne Pieren

December 23, 1945 ~ December 20, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Rodney Pieren Obituary

Rodney Wayne Pieren, 77, passed away December 20,2023 at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona with his family by his side. Rodney is predeceased by his father: Ralph Pieren and his mother: Shirley J Hurd. Rodney was born in Hillsboro, Oregon on December 23,1945. He resided in Kasitsna Bay, Alaska for 2 years and then Beaver,Oregon, for 14 years and graduated from Homer High School in Homer Alaska. After graduation he worked deep sea crabbing in Bristol Bay, Alaska. He was then drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War and continued to serve his country for 21 years retiring as a Staff Sergeant. After retirement, he worked for different contractors on Fort Huachuca at the Ammunition Supply Point. Since Rodney was never one to sit still he would then become a devoted D.A.V. member where he worked vigorously to fulfill the country’s promises to care for the men and women who served. Rodney was a volunteer driver for 15 years and then became a service officer. He then served as the Senior Vice Commander and was the Commander for 6 years. While under his leadership, the D.A.V. was awarded “Chapter of the Year” twice. In addition to his parents, Rodney was predeceased by his brother: Douglas Pieren and step brother: Mike Ekren. Rodney is survived by his wife of 52 years Lorraine (Coleman) Pieren; a son Darren C. Pieren; a daughter Jennifer L. Kalastro (Dion) and 4 grandchildren; Cody, Colin, Tia, and Alex. Rodney is also survived by his step siblings; Steve, Oliver, Tim, Marie, Wendy, and Linda. Rodney enjoyed anything involving motor sports. He loved working on cars and tinkering on anything he could get his hands on. He also had a fierce love of football, whether playing himself or watching it on the television. Rodney will be remembered for his enormous heart and generosity. He always made sure his family and friends were well taken care of. Anyone that knew Rodney can honestly say the man never met a stranger. He always had a warm and friendly smile and a loud contagious laugh. Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers for Rodney and his family Graveside services with Military Honors for Rodney will be held on January 3, 2024 at 12:00 pm in the chapel of the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1300 Buffalo Soldier Trail Sierra Vista, AZ. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the D.A.V. Chapter 14 in Sierra Vista, AZ.

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Services

Gathering of Family and Friends
Wednesday
January 3, 2024

11:15 AM to 11:30 AM
Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery 1300 Buffalo Soldiers Trail Sierra Vista
1300 Buffalo Soldier Trail
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

Committal Service with Military Honors
Wednesday
January 3, 2024

12:00 PM
Southern Arizona Veterans Cemetery Chapel

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